Full Throttle

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TRACK EXTENTIONS OPEN

SUCCESS OF J UNIOR SPROCKETS CONTINUES

PIZARRO ENTERS HALL OF FAME


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2017

Welcome to the first edition of Full Throttle, an official product of

Karting Australia.

As part of the continued push to provide more resources to our

Members and the karting industry, Full Throttle will become a quarterly

staple of Australian karting that will allow us to highlight karting from

the very grassroots right to the top of the sport in Australia.

We want to bring competitors to the fore, along with giving the industry

and our clubs the chance to highlight the great work they are doing

within their communities and for the sport.

We’ll even bring you a different side to our hard working officials that

volunteer each and every weekend of the year to make sure the race

meetings run.

This year has started strong for Karting Australia with healthy numbers

at major events such as the Brian Farley Memorial in Sydney, the State

Championships have been well populated as have the Australian Kart

Championship and Rotax Pro Tour events.

Our Junior Development program, SP Tools Junior Sprockets goes

from strength-to-strength and our new Bring-A-Mate program has

already delivered members to the clubs that have hosted it.

We’re in for a good ride over the rest of the year and hope that you will

come along with us.

To make Full Throttle a success, it will involve the Australian karting

community pulling together and thinking about what it is doing that

can be highlighted by the magazine and sending ideas to our editor at

fullthrottle@karting.net.au.

I hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to seeing how you work

with us to take it to the next step.

See you at the track soon,

Mick Doohan

Chairman

Karting Australia

Published By:

Karting Australia

www.karting.net.au

Managing Editor:

Matt Payne

fullthrottle@karting.net.au

Design:

BRMD.com.au

Photography:

Cooper’s Photography

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com.au/

Driver Training Expert:

Troy Hunt

TopGun Driver Academy

Contributors:

Mick Doohan, Lee

Hanatschek, Luke May,

Jaxon Reihana, Shamick

Racing

Sponsors:

Jayco Australia, Castrol

EDGE, SP Tools,

Mercedes-Benz Vans

Special Thanks:

Special thanks to all the

competitors that take

part in race meetings

across Australia each

weekend; thank-you to

all our volunteer officials,

the mums, the dads, the

canteen ladies and all our

sponsors that make karting

an awesome family sport.


NEWS

PAGES 4, 5, 7

GEELONG CLUBROOMS BROKEN INTO

The Geelong Kart Club was devastated over the Easter weekend when its newly refurbished clubrooms

were broken into by brazen thiefs.

The robbers entered the building by smashing one of the large windows that provides shelter from the

elements and allows spectators to view the race circuit.

Aside from stealing an empty cash register, the thieves escaped with nothing, however they left

significant damage to the Geelong Kart Club’s new feature and placed graffiti on the upper Colorbond

element of the structure.

Understandably, the club was left furious by the attack and have been working with local authorities in

an attempt to apprehend the thieves.

WIND STRIKES AKC TEAMS

Australian Kart Championship teams that had been in Geelong testing ahead of the second round of

the Series were struck by freak wind gusts that caused thousands of dollars damage to many teams.

The Shamick Racing structure was decimated in the gust, whilst several other teams including Melbourne

Kart Centre, Tom Williamson Motorsport, Paul Feeney Group, Hashtag Racing and Patrizicorse

strategically positioned their race trucks to act as buffers for the wind and to protect their equipment.


NEWS

BUILDING BETTER CLUBS RESOURCE LAUNCHED

Karting Australia has released a new resource for Clubs called Building Better Clubs - which holds a

wealth of information that is required to efficiently operate a club in 2017.

The Building Better Kart Clubs Website is at www..com.au and holds links to

Government departments for requirements such as food health, tax requirements, legal requirements

etc. and also other helpful links to people new to their clubs’ board, including resources on how to run

an effective Club Meeting, the roles and responsibilities required for a club and so on.

Karting specifically, there are checklists for signing new members up, concepts for presenting and

maintaining a circuit, conflict resolution, organising and developing officials and volunteers and

promoting your race meeting to the members and the broader community.

The resource is a live document and can be updated with new information should it become available,

or if clubs recognise something that is missing that has assisted them.

PRO TOUR HEADS TO COFFS

An unexpected change has led to the movement of the fourth round of the Rotax Pro Tour over the

weekend of June 16-18 to Coffs Harbour on the mid-North Coast of New South Wales.

Originally, it was scheduled for Port Macquarie, however IKD in consultation with the relevant clubs had

to move the location.

“It was one of those things that just did not work out because of a number of factors,” said IKD General

Manager, Don Stevens. “Coffs Harbour is available and meets the criteria, it is a terrific track in a great

location.

“We’ll be there the weekend after the Over-40s so it will be a real festival of racing throughout that

period in Coffs. We’re excited by going there and can’t thank Karting Australia, Karting NSW and the

associated clubs enough for the professional way in which this was handled.”

There had been some concern from competitors who had booked flights to and from Port Macquarie

(a 153km distance/2 hour drive from the Coffs Harbour track) - Stevens explained options are being

explored to assist competitors to get back in time for their Sunday evening flights.

“At this point in time, we can’t confirm it, but we are working with Karting Australia on options to adjust

the schedule for those people who do have flights booked from Port Macquarie. I’m sure we can come

up with a logical and workable solution for all.”

The next round of the Rotax Pro Tour takes place on the first weekend in May at Ipswich.


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NEWS

ANNUAL REPORT NOW ONLINE

The Karting Australia Annual Report is now available for download. The 60-page report details the

activities of the organisation throughout the 2016 year.

The report outlines the activities of Karting Australia limited, including the tracks that have benefitted from

funds provided by the governing body. For the third consecutive year, Karting Australia has recorded a

trading surplus aided by the growth in corporate sponsorship being brought to new programs such as

SP Tools Junior Sprockets and bringing new partners like Mercedes-Benz Vans to the organisation.

The full report can be accessed online at http://bit.ly/KAAnnualReport.


Jnr. sprockets

SUCCESS OF JUNIOR SPROCKETS CONTINUES

The SP Tools Junior Sprockets program continues to go from strength to strength during school holiday

breaks around Australia.

Aimed at junior entry level competitors, SP Tools Junior Sprockets is designed to give newcomers to the

sport a taste of karting basics with professional tuition from the likes of multiple Australian Champions,

Troy Hunt and William Yarwood and Hunt’s driver trainers from the Topgun Driving Academy.

SP Tools backed Supercars drivers, James Courtney and Scott Pye frequently attend the events, along

with other racing identities such as Dunlop Super2 driver Adam Marjoram - who attended the Perth

event recently.

The program has been designed with efficiency in mind - from start to finish it is a two hour program

and at the completion, the attendees are handed a ‘how to get started in karting’ package and a free 12

month Karting Australia practice license.

A number of drivers - known as “Sprocketeers” - have gone on to enter regular competition - with

Cadel Ambrose being one to taste significant success at the second round of the Australian Kart

Championship, winning the final for Cadet 9.

“We’ve been extremely pleased with the development of the SP Tools Junior Sprockets program since

it was started just over 12 months ago,” said Karting Australia CEO, Kelvin O’Reilly.

“It is a unique program that has been needed in our sport for a long time. We see SP Tools Junior

Sprockets as positioning motorsport alongside the AFL, Cricket and Surfing with their school aged

programs.

“Karting Australia has had positive feedback from parents coming to the events that they are on par

with the other sport programs and in some cases, they have made comment that Junior Sprockets has

exceeded the other sports in terms of presentation.

“The program has been receiving notice from overseas, with VROOM Magazine running a feature on

it and it we’ve had some reachout from American partners looking to adapt it for their market as well.

“To have SP Tools on board as the great partner they are for this program allows us to deliver it around

the country, expand its awareness through their racing talent and position it for growth in the future.”

There are seven regions that will be visited during the remainder of 2017, with the program looking to

be even further expanded in 2018.

June/July School Holidays

Tuesday 27th June – Norwell Motorplex, Gold Coast, QLD*

Thursday 29th June – Gladstone Kart Club, Gladstone, QLD

Wednesday 5th July – Townsville Kart Club, Townsville, QLD

*Junior Sprockets beginners only – no Junior Sprockets Plus

September/October School Holidays

Tuesday 26th September – Coffs Harbour Kart Racing Club, Coffs Harbour, NSW

Thursday 28th September – Newcastle Kart Racing Club, Newcastle, NSW

Tuesday 3rd October – Canberra Kart Racing Club, Canberra, ACT

All the information needed and to register for SP Tools Junior Sprockets, head to http://www.karting.net.au/

junior-sprockets


Jnr. sprockets

SPROCKETS PLUS LAUNCHED

Following the success of the SP Tools Junior Sprockets program and feedback from competitors within

the sport, Karting Australia has launched the next phase of the development program - Sprockets Plus.

It has been devised for Junior competitors that are already active in the sport and understand the

basics. The focus of Sprockets Plus is to assist them developing more advanced skills, like racecraft

and driving techniques to advance them within the sport.

Troy Hunt and the team from Topgun Driver Academy are responsible for the Sprockets Plus programs,

which take place on the same day as the Junior Sprockets events during School Holidays around the

country. The cost of Sprockets Plus is also $195 per driver.

CADEL CREATES HISTORY - AGAIN!

Cadel Ambrose became the first Junior Sprockets graduate to win a round of the Australian Kart

Championship at Geelong.

The Victorian competitor came through the program early last year and since then has been racing

regularly in Cadet 9.

At the end of the 2016 season, he was the first Sprocketeer to enter the Australian Kart Championship

at the final round at Todd Road and has continued on to reach this achievement in Geelong.

Ambrose had to outlast several challenges throughout the course of the Geelong final, the most potent

from second placed finisher, Shamick Racing pilot, Harry Arnett and Toby Dvorak – who came home

third.

It was a milestone moment for Australian karting to see one of the first Junior Sprockets graduates go

on to take the win at an AKC event - one of many more to come!


BRING A MATE BRINGS MEMBERS TO IPSWICH

On the March 18, Ipswich Kart Club hosted the first of Karting Australia’s sanctioned ‘Bring a Mate’ drive

days, where a group of currently licensed members brought along their friends for a taste of the sport.

A keen group of 10 ‘mates’ turned up with their licensed companions, to which they were presented with

a selection of senior karts from a range of classes appropriate for rookies of karting.

The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all who participated, and the club saw a gain of at least two new

members almost immediately following the conclusion of the day.

The Karting Australia ‘Bring a Mate’ initiative has potential to grow the Australian Karting scene further,

with more events planned at KA sanctioned clubs in the coming months.

The Bring A Mate days are designed to bring a professionally organised focus with national attention to

the success of previously club sanctioned ‘Come and try’ days.

Clubs are encouraged to add a Bring A Mate session to each Club Day to further utilise the infrastructure

in place for the race event and also give those drivers who will participate in the Bring A Mate concept

the chance to get a feel for the sport and how a race day operates, which in many cases will lead them

to signing up to be a club member on the day.


Australian karting legend, John Pizarro was inducted into the Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame

across the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix weekend.

The Australian karting pioneer, who raced at the upper echelons of the sport internationally in the DAP

factory team alongside Ayrton Senna and Terry Fullerton at the peak of their careers.

He won 15 Australian Championships - a record number that stood almost 30 years until it was broken

by David Sera in 2014, he raced at five World Championships and is still recognised internationally for

his achievements in the sport.

Pizarro started racing in Sydney at the defunct Granville circuit in the 1960s and won his first

Championship in Sunnybank Queensland in 1968. He won the Asia-Pacific Championships and was

the first Australian karter to hold an international Super License.

Now based in Parkes, country New South Wales, Pizarro - never short of a quip - was almost speechless

in being bestowed the honour.

“I’m absolutely humbled to accept this award, it is a true honour to be recgonised for my achievements

in karting,” said Pizarro.

“To be standing here in a room full of so many of icons of Australian motor sport is a fantastic feeling

and great for the sport of karting. I’m so pleased that karting is being recognised as a sport in it’s own

right and not just about being a stepping stone to other forms of motorsport.

“The sport has given me so much joy over the years and to be here with my family and friends tonight

has been a real highlight for me.”

Inaugurated in 2016, the Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame, presented by Speedcafe.com is an

initiative of the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) and brings together each major

governing body of automotive sports in Australia - Karting Australia, Motorcycling Australia, Australian

National Drag Racing Association and Speedway Australia to induct legends of the sport.

In the class of 2017, Pizzarro stood alongside the likes of Brabham engineer, Ron Tauranac, international

racing icon Lex Davison, Le Mans winner, Vern Schuppan, touring car legends Frank Gardner, Mark

Skaife, Jim Richards, Larry Perkins and Kevin Bartlett, triple World Superbike Champ, Troy Corser,

Speedway legends Johnny Stewart, Leigh Adams and Bluey Wilkinson, post-War motorcycle heroes

Ken Rumble, Thomas Phillis and Keith Campbell, Rally stars Possum Bourne, Neal Bates and Coral

Taylor, drag racing icon Jim Read and former FIA Vice-President John Large.

A full listing of the Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame inductees and honorary videos can be found at

http://www.speedcafe.com/hall-of-fame-inductees/


PAGE 15 - AMBER MILLER PROFILE


PAGE 16 - OFFICIAL’S PROFILE

OFFICIALS IN FOCUS – Graham and Nancy Castledine

For more than 40 years Graham and Nancy Castledine have been volunteering their time at motor

racing events around Queensland with much of the past nine years having been focused on the karting

scene.

They’ve both been timekeepers/lap scorers for the majority of this time with Graham originally starting

out flagging before joining Nancy in the lapscorers box. They started with car racing before Graham,

a now semi-retired electrician and two-way radio communications specialist, also volunteered his time

on the motorcycling side of the sport. Over the years they’ve worked at Lakeside, Surfers Paradise

Raceway and were also involved for many years at Queensland Raceway and Morgan Park Raceway.

The pair say that the experiences at events, along with the socialising with fellow officials – along with

the opportunity to see different parts of the country - are what makes it so enjoyable.

“The social side of the sport with the fellow officials is certainly something that keeps you enjoying what

you do, especially when you get to volunteer at events away from home,” said Nancy.

While Graham agreed with Nancy, he also believes the fact that you are always learning something

new while being involved in the sport.

“You never stop learning. There’s always something new, whether it is in the timing system, lap scoring

or just improved technology. I really enjoy it,” said Graham.

As for the highlight from their 40-plus years of volunteering, the pair were clear on their time as a part

of the IndyCar race during the early nineties.

“I really enjoyed being a part of the Indy race. I’m an air force freak and I would be lap scoring and know

what time they were due to fly over and I’d down tools and I was upstairs. It was the only time I’ve ever

downed tools,” said Nancy.

Graham re-iterated his previous comment about never stopping learning when reflecting on his time

with the IndyCar event.

“Working with the American timekeepers at Indy was a great experience, learning from them during the

early 90s was incredible with what is now the MYLAPS system. They were using it to the full potential,

which was a long way ahead of what we were doing here in Australia at the time,” said Graham.

Graham and Nancy Castledine are just two of the thousands of Karting Australia volunteers across the

country. If you have a volunteer in your Club that you believe should be featured in the next edition of

Full Throttle please email fullthrottle@karting.net.au


PAGE 17

KARTING AT THE GRAND PRIX

Karting Australia had a huge presence at March’s Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix. Several

karts, along with data collection facilities and information about programs such as Bring-A-Mate and SP

Tools Junior Sprockets generated a great deal of interest among the huge raceday crowd.

The activation was set up within a new-for-2017 innovation and technology hub at the Grand Prix,

which was another zone for spectators to interact with the sport and industry.

Karting Australia was set up with CAMS and the CAMS Foundation which showed the pathways through

the sport from karting into Formula 4.

Australian F1 star, Daniel Ricciardo visited the zone on occasion to meet with some up and coming

drivers, along with school children who turned out in big numbers on the Thursday of the event.


PAGE 18 - PATRIZICORSE AD SUPPLIED


PAGE 19, 20 & 21 - THE LONG LAP - RICCIARDO KART

THE LONG LAP - BUILDING A BRAND - RICCIARDO KART

Around 17 years ago at the Tiger Kart Club in WA, a young, curly haired Australian-Italian kid started

driving a bright red Birel under the stewardship of Michael Patrizi. Little did he, or Patrizi know at the

time, those tentative laps in the rookie kart, head bobbling about, would be the genesis of a global

karting brand.

A few years later, that curly haired kid would head East for a CIK round and out of nowhere would pop

the #3 Birel on the front row of Junior ICA...

“Who is this kid Patrizi’s got?” the karting elite from New South Wales and Victoria sneered.

“Don’t worry, he’s good,” a then 19-year-old Michael Patrizi said to this writer, with a wry, knowing

smile…

Fast forward about 15 years and now that curly haired Australian-Italian kid is arguably the most popular

driver in Formula 1 - and in the eyes of some pundits - was the best driver in the world in 2016 - he’s

also known as Daniel Ricciardo.

In 2013, Patrizi - now based on the Gold Coast - and Ricciardo - now based in Monaco - spent a West

Australian summer with their tight knit families celebrating the announcement that Ricciardo would move

from Toro Rosso into the all-conquering Red Bull Racing squad, the heir apparent to Mark Webber -

alongside the foreboding (if you believe Australian media) four time World Champion Sebastian Vettel.

With a young family, Patrizi was looking to futureproof himself, but also find a way to leverage his

relationships in the Italian karting scene and to do business with his mate, assist Ricciardo’s long term

legacy and success that Patrizi knew would come.

Thus the seed for Ricciardo Kart had been planted - however there was plenty of watering to be done

before it germinated...

“For us, there was only one option and that was to build the Ricciardo Kart with BirelART, if we couldn’t

do that, then we’d have to consider the practicality of the project,” said Patrizi.

“I’ve had such a good relationship with Ronni Sala and the team at BirelART from my time racing here in

Australia and through Europe that they would be the first port of call to get Ricciardo Kart off the ground.

“Obviously, Daniel and I had been very close since the beginning of his career and we’ve helped where

we could and I wanted to do something with him to leverage his personal brand, so it made perfect

sense that we looked at creating a karting brand.”

That may all sound easy on paper, but behind the scenes, Patrizi would have to be sharp to sell this

concept to the Birel factory.

Whilst other manufacturers willingly enter into licensing arrangements, Birel doesn’t.

Founded in the 1950s, the name ‘Birel’ itself comes from the nickname given to the Sala family in the

city of Lissone near Milan.

The only deviation from the red and white master brand first created after World War II was to build


PAGE 19, 20 & 21 - THE LONG LAP - RICCIARDO KART

THE LONG LAP - BUILDING A BRAND - RICCIARDO KART

Around 17 years ago at the Tiger Kart Club in WA, a young, curly haired Australian-Italian kid started

driving a bright red Birel under the stewardship of Michael Patrizi. Little did he, or Patrizi know at the

time, those tentative laps in the rookie kart, head bobbling about, would be the genesis of a global

karting brand.

A few years later, that curly haired kid would head East for a CIK round and out of nowhere would pop

the #3 Birel on the front row of Junior ICA...

“Who is this kid Patrizi’s got?” the karting elite from New South Wales and Victoria sneered.

“Don’t worry, he’s good,” a then 19-year-old Michael Patrizi said to this writer, with a wry, knowing

smile…

Fast forward about 15 years and now that curly haired Australian-Italian kid is arguably the most popular

driver in Formula 1 - and in the eyes of some pundits - was the best driver in the world in 2016 - he’s

also known as Daniel Ricciardo.

In 2013, Patrizi - now based on the Gold Coast - and Ricciardo - now based in Monaco - spent a West

Australian summer with their tight knit families celebrating the announcement that Ricciardo would move

from Toro Rosso into the all-conquering Red Bull Racing squad, the heir apparent to Mark Webber -

alongside the foreboding (if you believe Australian media) four time World Champion Sebastian Vettel.

With a young family, Patrizi was looking to futureproof himself, but also find a way to leverage his

relationships in the Italian karting scene and to do business with his mate, assist Ricciardo’s long term

legacy and success that Patrizi knew would come.

Thus the seed for Ricciardo Kart had been planted - however there was plenty of watering to be done

before it germinated...

“For us, there was only one option and that was to build the Ricciardo Kart with BirelART, if we couldn’t

do that, then we’d have to consider the practicality of the project,” said Patrizi.

“I’ve had such a good relationship with Ronni Sala and the team at BirelART from my time racing here in

Australia and through Europe that they would be the first port of call to get Ricciardo Kart off the ground.

“Obviously, Daniel and I had been very close since the beginning of his career and we’ve helped where

we could and I wanted to do something with him to leverage his personal brand, so it made perfect

sense that we looked at creating a karting brand.”

That may all sound easy on paper, but behind the scenes, Patrizi would have to be sharp to sell this

concept to the Birel factory.

Whilst other manufacturers willingly enter into licensing arrangements, Birel doesn’t.

Founded in the 1950s, the name ‘Birel’ itself comes from the nickname given to the Sala family in the

city of Lissone near Milan.

The only deviation from the red and white master brand first created after World War II was to build


PAGE 19, 20 & 21 - THE LONG LAP - RICCIARDO KART

THE LONG LAP - BUILDING A BRAND - RICCIARDO KART

Around 17 years ago at the Tiger Kart Club in WA, a young, curly haired Australian-Italian kid started

driving a bright red Birel under the stewardship of Michael Patrizi. Little did he, or Patrizi know at the

time, those tentative laps in the rookie kart, head bobbling about, would be the genesis of a global

karting brand.

A few years later, that curly haired kid would head East for a CIK round and out of nowhere would pop

the #3 Birel on the front row of Junior ICA...

“Who is this kid Patrizi’s got?” the karting elite from New South Wales and Victoria sneered.

“Don’t worry, he’s good,” a then 19-year-old Michael Patrizi said to this writer, with a wry, knowing

smile…

Fast forward about 15 years and now that curly haired Australian-Italian kid is arguably the most popular

driver in Formula 1 - and in the eyes of some pundits - was the best driver in the world in 2016 - he’s

also known as Daniel Ricciardo.

In 2013, Patrizi - now based on the Gold Coast - and Ricciardo - now based in Monaco - spent a West

Australian summer with their tight knit families celebrating the announcement that Ricciardo would move

from Toro Rosso into the all-conquering Red Bull Racing squad, the heir apparent to Mark Webber -

alongside the foreboding (if you believe Australian media) four time World Champion Sebastian Vettel.

With a young family, Patrizi was looking to futureproof himself, but also find a way to leverage his

relationships in the Italian karting scene and to do business with his mate, assist Ricciardo’s long term

legacy and success that Patrizi knew would come.

Thus the seed for Ricciardo Kart had been planted - however there was plenty of watering to be done

before it germinated...

“For us, there was only one option and that was to build the Ricciardo Kart with BirelART, if we couldn’t

do that, then we’d have to consider the practicality of the project,” said Patrizi.

“I’ve had such a good relationship with Ronni Sala and the team at BirelART from my time racing here in

Australia and through Europe that they would be the first port of call to get Ricciardo Kart off the ground.

“Obviously, Daniel and I had been very close since the beginning of his career and we’ve helped where

we could and I wanted to do something with him to leverage his personal brand, so it made perfect

sense that we looked at creating a karting brand.”

That may all sound easy on paper, but behind the scenes, Patrizi would have to be sharp to sell this

concept to the Birel factory.

Whilst other manufacturers willingly enter into licensing arrangements, Birel doesn’t.

Founded in the 1950s, the name ‘Birel’ itself comes from the nickname given to the Sala family in the

city of Lissone near Milan.

The only deviation from the red and white master brand first created after World War II was to build


PAGE 23 - ALBURY TRACK EXTENSION

ALBURY EXTENDS WITH TRACK DEVELOPMENT FUND

The Albury Kart Club is the latest Club to take advantage of Karting Australia’s Track Development

Fund loan grants and recently opened its expanded circuit.

Albury can now comfortably accommodate 40 karts and its circuit is one of the longest in Australia at

1029 metres. It is only the second circuit in Victoria that can cater for 40 karts on its grid.

The plan for the extension has been a multi-stage process as Club President John Reynolds explains.

“The Club purchased a parcel of adjacent land 20 years ago and this has been planned since that

time,” said Reynolds. “We completed grid extension work two years ago to cater for a 40 kart grid and

constructed a new control tower which was built with the extension in mind.

“Through Club savings, a $100,000 grant from the Track Development Fund Loan and a Karting

Australia Safety grant we’ve been able to go ahead with the extension.”

Reynolds - the father of Virgin Australia Supercars Championship larrikin, David - went on to praise the

efforts of the club members.

“In the three months leading up to the track opening, we’ve held many working bees with 20 to 30

members turning out each time to prepare the racetrack. The Membership has been instrumental in

ensuring the area was presentable, constructing new fencing, concreting curbs and putting together

tyre barriers.

“We have some further plans for venue improvements, but they will come down the line when the funds

become available.

“All in all, we’re thrilled to have the circuit extended and opened and by the time the final round of the

Rotax Pro Tour comes here in September, we will have bedded it in and be ready to go for that event.”

Albury is one of the first major tracks to have unveiled the success of the revised Grants program, which

has now been opened up to allow clubs to apply at any time for a Grant, where previously, they were

locked to a time period.


PAGE 24, 25, 26 - AKC ROUND 2

BACK TO BACK WINS FOR RICCIARDO KART PAIR

Ricciardo Kart pair Troy Loeskow and Jace Matthews have continued their winning ways in the 2017

Australian Kart Championship in Geelong, Victoria.

Round two of the five-event Championship, presented by Jayco and Castrol EDGE, had a strong

weekend of racing throughout each category, producing outstanding racing for the big crowd on hand

and the record live stream numbers.

Loeskow’s second straight win in the KZ2 class came in a final that saw a turn one incident claim

no less than eight competitors. Starting from pole position he quickly established an advantage over

Daniel Price and was able to maintain the gap right to the chequered flag, securing the win over the

CRG driver. Aaron Cameron had been in the thick of the action aboard his JC Kart throughout the

weekend and he salvaged a hard fought third placing with Jason Pringle finishing fourth and Series

stalwart, Sam Houston gaining a career-best finish in fifth.

2011 Bathurst 1000 Champion, Nick Percat had an entertaining late race exchange with his Brad Jones

Racing stablemate, Macauley Jones – with the battle of the Supercars drivers going the way of Jones

after recovering from the turn 1 melee.

Continuing the good form of Ricciardo Kart in the Karting Australia Manufacturer’s Championship was

Jace Matthews in KA1. Matthews backed up his Newcastle win to make it two on the trot since moving

to seniors.

KA1 was one of the more entertaining affairs over the weekend – whilst Matthews and defending

Champion, Scott Sorensen were comfortable in first and second, third placed raged right to the end.

It fell the way of Scuderia PCR driver, Kyle Henry-Smith, but it could have easily gone in many different

directions. The second Ricciardo Kart of Thomas Steele, Ryan Sanderson’s Formula K and Matthew

Stenner’s Kosmic all had dalliances with the final step of the podium.

In KA2, the elite junior category, a two-kart battle was staged for the round win between defending

Australian Champion Jack Doohan and Broc Feeney.

Feeney led the majority of the race in his Kosmic before Doohan closed down and made the decisive

move two laps from home.

Christian Pancione in his FA Kart survived a late race surge from Jordyn Sinni to finish in third.

KA3 Senior delivered the closest finish of the day with Leigh Nicolaou taking his Shamick Racing Arrow

to victory by just a tenth of a second over Matthew McLean. Australian Champion McLean had to work

hard to close the gap to Nicolaou and did so in the end, however it was the only race all weekend that

McLean had been headed – those results keeping his Title defence well on track. New South Welshman

Oscar Priest put a strong performance in to finish third.

Joshua Car took a solid win in the TaG 125 category aboard his Comp Kart. The Sydneysider pushed

hard to advance himself into the lead and had enough to outlast a surge by Queenslander Brendan

Nelson. Nelson skipped ahead of a battle between Joshua Rogers and Paul Rodgers which lasted the

entire 26-lap distance, which eventually fell the way of the latter.

Nelson was again denied in the X30 final in what became a battle of the FA Karts. After leading early,

he dropped to second behind South Australian Morgan Feast who took off at the front. Nelson’s biggest

challenge came from West Australian Ben Harders – who also had a stint at the front of the pack.

In the end, Feast led the FA Kart trifecta to take the second AKC round win of his career over Nelson

and Harders, with Car coming home in fourth.

In KA4 Junior, Kai Allen played his role perfectly in waiting until the final moments to strike.

Weekend long combatants, Cooper Webster and Jay Hanson were battling up front for the lead with

Zac Crichton and Kacey Mann playing a supporting role with Allen.

Allen was able to close the gap to Australian Champion Webster and Hanson and then waited for the


PAGE 24, 25, 26 - AKC ROUND 2

BACK TO BACK WINS FOR RICCIARDO KART PAIR

Ricciardo Kart pair Troy Loeskow and Jace Matthews have continued their winning ways in the 2017

Australian Kart Championship in Geelong, Victoria.

Round two of the five-event Championship, presented by Jayco and Castrol EDGE, had a strong

weekend of racing throughout each category, producing outstanding racing for the big crowd on hand

and the record live stream numbers.

Loeskow’s second straight win in the KZ2 class came in a final that saw a turn one incident claim

no less than eight competitors. Starting from pole position he quickly established an advantage over

Daniel Price and was able to maintain the gap right to the chequered flag, securing the win over the

CRG driver. Aaron Cameron had been in the thick of the action aboard his JC Kart throughout the

weekend and he salvaged a hard fought third placing with Jason Pringle finishing fourth and Series

stalwart, Sam Houston gaining a career-best finish in fifth.

2011 Bathurst 1000 Champion, Nick Percat had an entertaining late race exchange with his Brad Jones

Racing stablemate, Macauley Jones – with the battle of the Supercars drivers going the way of Jones

after recovering from the turn 1 melee.

Continuing the good form of Ricciardo Kart in the Karting Australia Manufacturer’s Championship was

Jace Matthews in KA1. Matthews backed up his Newcastle win to make it two on the trot since moving

to seniors.

KA1 was one of the more entertaining affairs over the weekend – whilst Matthews and defending

Champion, Scott Sorensen were comfortable in first and second, third placed raged right to the end.

It fell the way of Scuderia PCR driver, Kyle Henry-Smith, but it could have easily gone in many different

directions. The second Ricciardo Kart of Thomas Steele, Ryan Sanderson’s Formula K and Matthew

Stenner’s Kosmic all had dalliances with the final step of the podium.

In KA2, the elite junior category, a two-kart battle was staged for the round win between defending

Australian Champion Jack Doohan and Broc Feeney.

Feeney led the majority of the race in his Kosmic before Doohan closed down and made the decisive

move two laps from home.

Christian Pancione in his FA Kart survived a late race surge from Jordyn Sinni to finish in third.

KA3 Senior delivered the closest finish of the day with Leigh Nicolaou taking his Shamick Racing Arrow

to victory by just a tenth of a second over Matthew McLean. Australian Champion McLean had to work

hard to close the gap to Nicolaou and did so in the end, however it was the only race all weekend that

McLean had been headed – those results keeping his Title defence well on track. New South Welshman

Oscar Priest put a strong performance in to finish third.

Joshua Car took a solid win in the TaG 125 category aboard his Comp Kart. The Sydneysider pushed

hard to advance himself into the lead and had enough to outlast a surge by Queenslander Brendan

Nelson. Nelson skipped ahead of a battle between Joshua Rogers and Paul Rodgers which lasted the

entire 26-lap distance, which eventually fell the way of the latter.

Nelson was again denied in the X30 final in what became a battle of the FA Karts. After leading early,

he dropped to second behind South Australian Morgan Feast who took off at the front. Nelson’s biggest

challenge came from West Australian Ben Harders – who also had a stint at the front of the pack.

In the end, Feast led the FA Kart trifecta to take the second AKC round win of his career over Nelson

and Harders, with Car coming home in fourth.

In KA4 Junior, Kai Allen played his role perfectly in waiting until the final moments to strike.

Weekend long combatants, Cooper Webster and Jay Hanson were battling up front for the lead with

Zac Crichton and Kacey Mann playing a supporting role with Allen.

Allen was able to close the gap to Australian Champion Webster and Hanson and then waited for the


PAGE 24, 25, 26 - AKC ROUND 2

BACK TO BACK WINS FOR RICCIARDO KART PAIR

Ricciardo Kart pair Troy Loeskow and Jace Matthews have continued their winning ways in the 2017

Australian Kart Championship in Geelong, Victoria.

Round two of the five-event Championship, presented by Jayco and Castrol EDGE, had a strong

weekend of racing throughout each category, producing outstanding racing for the big crowd on hand

and the record live stream numbers.

Loeskow’s second straight win in the KZ2 class came in a final that saw a turn one incident claim

no less than eight competitors. Starting from pole position he quickly established an advantage over

Daniel Price and was able to maintain the gap right to the chequered flag, securing the win over the

CRG driver. Aaron Cameron had been in the thick of the action aboard his JC Kart throughout the

weekend and he salvaged a hard fought third placing with Jason Pringle finishing fourth and Series

stalwart, Sam Houston gaining a career-best finish in fifth.

2011 Bathurst 1000 Champion, Nick Percat had an entertaining late race exchange with his Brad Jones

Racing stablemate, Macauley Jones – with the battle of the Supercars drivers going the way of Jones

after recovering from the turn 1 melee.

Continuing the good form of Ricciardo Kart in the Karting Australia Manufacturer’s Championship was

Jace Matthews in KA1. Matthews backed up his Newcastle win to make it two on the trot since moving

to seniors.

KA1 was one of the more entertaining affairs over the weekend – whilst Matthews and defending

Champion, Scott Sorensen were comfortable in first and second, third placed raged right to the end.

It fell the way of Scuderia PCR driver, Kyle Henry-Smith, but it could have easily gone in many different

directions. The second Ricciardo Kart of Thomas Steele, Ryan Sanderson’s Formula K and Matthew

Stenner’s Kosmic all had dalliances with the final step of the podium.

In KA2, the elite junior category, a two-kart battle was staged for the round win between defending

Australian Champion Jack Doohan and Broc Feeney.

Feeney led the majority of the race in his Kosmic before Doohan closed down and made the decisive

move two laps from home.

Christian Pancione in his FA Kart survived a late race surge from Jordyn Sinni to finish in third.

KA3 Senior delivered the closest finish of the day with Leigh Nicolaou taking his Shamick Racing Arrow

to victory by just a tenth of a second over Matthew McLean. Australian Champion McLean had to work

hard to close the gap to Nicolaou and did so in the end, however it was the only race all weekend that

McLean had been headed – those results keeping his Title defence well on track. New South Welshman

Oscar Priest put a strong performance in to finish third.

Joshua Car took a solid win in the TaG 125 category aboard his Comp Kart. The Sydneysider pushed

hard to advance himself into the lead and had enough to outlast a surge by Queenslander Brendan

Nelson. Nelson skipped ahead of a battle between Joshua Rogers and Paul Rodgers which lasted the

entire 26-lap distance, which eventually fell the way of the latter.

Nelson was again denied in the X30 final in what became a battle of the FA Karts. After leading early,

he dropped to second behind South Australian Morgan Feast who took off at the front. Nelson’s biggest

challenge came from West Australian Ben Harders – who also had a stint at the front of the pack.

In the end, Feast led the FA Kart trifecta to take the second AKC round win of his career over Nelson

and Harders, with Car coming home in fourth.

In KA4 Junior, Kai Allen played his role perfectly in waiting until the final moments to strike.

Weekend long combatants, Cooper Webster and Jay Hanson were battling up front for the lead with

Zac Crichton and Kacey Mann playing a supporting role with Allen.

Allen was able to close the gap to Australian Champion Webster and Hanson and then waited for the


PAGE 29

QUICK LAP - Jac Preston

Name:

Jac Preston

Age: 13

City: Gold Coast

Home Kart Club: Ipswich Kart Club

First year of racing: 2013

Chassis:

Kosmic

Class(es): KA2 & Junior Max

Sponsors: Blastology, Preston’s Parts, Tom Williamson Motorsport

How did you get involved in the sport of karting?

My dad raced cars (including V8 Supercars) for 10 years from ’85 until ‘94 and I always wanted to have

a go myself. My first taste of karting was driving an electric kart at an indoor track in Los Angeles at

the end of 2012. As soon as I tried it, I knew that I wanted to race. My first time on a race track with a

real racing kart was at a “come and try” day with the Lismore Club in November 2012. I got my kart

racing license in November 2012. I went to the Lithgow Junior Development Camp in January, 2013

and competed in my first race at Warwick in February, 2013. I love karting so much that I have done

110 race meetings since then!

What is it that you like most about the sport?

The thrill every time I put my helmet on to race and the challenge to improve myself.

Aside from racing, what activities do you enjoy?

Bike-riding, swimming, X-BOX and spending time with my friends.

Who do you admire or look up to - both in and out of motorsport - and why?

In motorsport, Aryton Senna because he was the best. Outside of motorsport, my parents for all their

hard work to keep me racing and for teaching me to never give up.

Do you have an ultimate aim from your motorsport career?

Formula 1 is my dream but any form of racing that I am lucky enough to do would be a great career.

Tell us about your most memorable race?

The most memorable race would have to be Round 6 of the 2016 Australia Kart Championship at Todd

Road where I came second. I was one of only two drivers that stayed on the track until the chequered

flag after it rained mid-way through the race and the rest of the field got caught out by the wet conditions!

It was only my second AKC race meeting in KA2 and I made the podium.

My most memorable race for results would have to be Round 2 of this year’s Rotax Pro Tour at Bolivar

where I achieved my first ever pole position and heat wins (3) at a national race meeting!


PAGE 30 - Victorian Kart Championship

Big Names Open Vic Champs Strong

The Victorian Karting Championships began in early April at Puckapunyal with a number of big names

opening their State Championships account with success.

National Champion Matthew McLean took KA3 Senior Light over Wayne Bourke and James Sera,

while Brad Jenner was successful in TaG Light.

Jay Hanson was the victor in KA4 Junior Light and Hugh Barter’s good form early in 2017 saw him take

out Cadet 12.

Veteran Aaron Hindle won TaG Heavy, whilst Ryan Aitken held out prolific State Championship

performer, Remo Luciani in KA3 Senior Medium. In the KA3 Junior category, Christian Pancione

walked away with the win, Nathan Williams secured KA4 Junior Heavy, Phil Smith TaG Medium and

Rusty Ponting Cadet 9.

The second and final round of the Victorian Kart Championships will be held at Oakleigh Kart Club over

the weekend of July 7-9.

Victorian Karting Championships Round 1 - Puckapunyal - April 6

TaG Heavy

Aaron Hindle

Scott King

Max Carter

KA4 Junior Heavy

Nathan Williams

Jordyn Sinni

Nathan Skelton

Cadet 12

Hugh Barter

Fletcher Harris

James Wharton

KA3 Senior Light

Matthew McLean

Wayne Bourke

James Sera

Cadet 9

Rusty Ponting

Caleb Spence

Thomas Schmidt

TaG Masters

Phil Smith

Steven Riddell

Geoff Wyhoon

KA4 Junior Light

Jay Hanson

Kai Allen

Kacey Mann

TaG Light

Bradley Jenner

Nikolaj Thomas

Justin Francis

KA3 Senior Medium

Ryan Aitken


PAGE 31 NSW KART CHAMPS

WATERS & LEHANE STRIKE IN ORANGE

Orange played host to the opening round of the New South Wales State Championships in late April

and multiple National Champions, Matthew Waters and Pierce Lehane opened their seasons with wins.

Waters made a welcome return to the top step at a major meeting in KA3 Senior Medium beating home

Nicklaus Lichtenberger and Brett Robinson, whilst Lehane tasted success in TaG Light.

Whilst Robinson was denied on home soil in KA3, he would go on to win the TaG Heavy category over

Benjamin Ritchie. Kody Garland won KA3 Senior Light over Oscar Priest. Cody Burcher beat home

Brodie Whitmore in KA3 Junior.

Rhys Smith won Cadet 12 over Adrian Haak and national champion Ryan Tomsett won Cadet 9. Lachlan

Mineef was the victor in KA4 Junior Heavy. In the light division, in form Zac Crichton took the win over

Lachlan Lawson and Paige Raddatz.

The next round of the Championship will be held at Tamworth Kart Club over the weekend of July 7-9.

RESULTS - NSW CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 1

KA3 Senior Medium

Matthew Waters

Nicklaus Lichtenberger

Brett Robinson

Cadet 12

Rhys Smith

Adrian Haak

Adam Tomsett

KA4 Junior Heavy

Lachlan Mineef

Noah Sands

Dylan Debono

TaG Light

Pierce Lehane

Nicholas Riley

Matthew Southwell

KA3 Junior

Cody Burcher

Brodie Whitmore

Jackson Souslin-Harlow

TaG Heavy

Brett Robinson

Benjamin Ritchie

Luke Seymour


PAGE 35

HANSSEN HELPING QUEENSLANDER’S EUROPE MISSION

Double Australian KZ2 Champion, Joey Hanssen has taken a young Queenslander - Zack Wilson -

under his wing and is working with him on a European KZ2 program for this season.

Wilson has been out of karting for some time having been concentrating on his studies and also fitness,

which has included a heavy program of amateur competition boxing.

He formerly competed in KZ2 at Australian Championship level - yet the back end of this year sees a

major step up into the European Championship with a program that includes the KZ2 World Supercup

and potentially the X30 World Finals.

“Now I have my schooling finished, I’m really able to focus on my future goals,” Wilson told Full Throttle.

“I have a manager in the UK on my side who has been a big help and if this year goes to plan, we’re

looking to a move into GT cars in 2018.

“Being under Joey’s wing and absorbing the knowledge he’s gained over the years internationally will

benefit my progress extensively and give me the best possible chance to exceed the expectations I’ve

set for myself.”

The youngster admits that the challenge is ambitious in the extreme.

“I’ve had some negative comments about what I’m trying to achieve, but if anything that fires me up

even more as I know within myself I have the skills and mindset to succeed. KZ2 really suits my driving

style, it teaches you to drive properly and of course I love having the six gears at my disposal!”

Zack is aiming to be in Europe from the end of May and into the back end of season 2017.


PAGEs 36 & 37 - Pro Tour

The third round of the Rotax Pro Tour saw the victories shared between Victorian visitors and many

locals who were up the front for much of the weekend at Ipswich’s Willowbank Raceway

Queenslander Harrison Hoey enjoyed a confidence boosting victory aboard his Comp Kart Australia

entry in the Junior Max category. After taking two heat race wins, he went on to claim the Pre-Final.

Whilst it was a lights to flag win in the final, the last few laps saw him pushed to the wire by Gold Coastbased

Ricciardo Kart driver, Lachlan Hughes. Hughes got himself into second position after a move on

Jac Preston with two and a half laps to go. Hughes closed the almost one second gap to 0.1s, whilst

Preston was awarded third.

Chris Farkas led an Ipswich Kart Club trifecta in the Rotax Heavy category. After being challenged at

the first corner by Kris Walton, Farkas calculated his move past the former V8 Utes Champion and then

comfortably eased away. Walton came home in second position whilst Jarad Neinert put up a spirited

fight in third. He pushed Walton through the mid-part of the race and came through for a solid podium

in the end.

Walton emerged from Ipswich with two second placed trophies having raced in the DD2 Masters

category as well. The Queenslander led much of the race before a charging Troy Woolston scythed his

way through the field from 10th. The Melbourne driver built his speed through the course of the race to

the point where he eased past Walton. Troy Bretherton came home in third placing.

Victorian, Bradley Jenner scored another top victory for FA Kart in Rotax Light. Jenner emerged from the

early lap skirmishes in the lead. Pole-sitter Cameron Longmore (Kosmic) held on for second position,

whilst Kiwi star, Josh Hart brought his CRG home in third position after a strong battle for the final

podium spot with local driver Troy Morrissey.

In DD2, Kosmic racer Joshua Fife scored a very solid win. New Zealand-based pole-sitter, Josh

Drysdale put up a strong fight, however didn’t have the pace to take the fight to Fife. The Kiwi finished

second in front of New South Wales Exprit driver, Nathan Tigani. Sydney-sider Joshua Car came home

in fourth position. After dominating much of yesterday’s racing, Car appeared to have the Pre-Final shot

to pieces before his engine was stuck in gear, costing him pace. He salvaged 10th position, charged

into fifth within three corners of the Final and did his utmost to push for the podium.

Junior Max Trophy fell the way of Russell Mayo for the second event in succession. Connor Roberts

came home in second on debut, however a post race startline infringement dropped him to fifth, elevating

Angus Wallace to second and Jacinta Hoey to third.

Hugh Barter took his first Rotax Pro Tour win after a race long fight. He and fellow Praga chassis

mounted driver, Jack Westbury swapped the lead right throughout the 17 lap race with James Wharton

playing his part in the early runnings. The two Victorians pulled clear of the third placed battle which

EVO Kart driver, Adrian Haak had joined. Whilst they battled, Haak leapt above Wharton to finish third.

In Micro Max, Harry Arnett fired back after a last round non-finish to comprehensively record victory.

Jake Rutkowski’s EVO Kart got the jump at the beginning, however Arnett pulled down the time within

a few laps and secured the lead. Rutkowski then entered a race long battle with Jordan Ensbey (CRG)

and Kristian Janev. Janev spun late in the race while aiming for a podium, while Ensbey moved into

second following a post race penalty that was applied to Rutkowski, dropping the EVO Kart driver to

third.

The Pro Tour has hit its halfway point on the way towards the Jason Richards Memorial at Albury

Wodonga Kart Club in September which will bring a close to proceedings this year and the race for the

World Finals in Portugal come November.

ROTAX RANKINGS POINTS (After Round 3 of 6)


PAGEs 36 & 37 - Pro Tour

The third round of the Rotax Pro Tour saw the victories shared between Victorian visitors and many

locals who were up the front for much of the weekend at Ipswich’s Willowbank Raceway

Queenslander Harrison Hoey enjoyed a confidence boosting victory aboard his Comp Kart Australia

entry in the Junior Max category. After taking two heat race wins, he went on to claim the Pre-Final.

Whilst it was a lights to flag win in the final, the last few laps saw him pushed to the wire by Gold Coastbased

Ricciardo Kart driver, Lachlan Hughes. Hughes got himself into second position after a move on

Jac Preston with two and a half laps to go. Hughes closed the almost one second gap to 0.1s, whilst

Preston was awarded third.

Chris Farkas led an Ipswich Kart Club trifecta in the Rotax Heavy category. After being challenged at

the first corner by Kris Walton, Farkas calculated his move past the former V8 Utes Champion and then

comfortably eased away. Walton came home in second position whilst Jarad Neinert put up a spirited

fight in third. He pushed Walton through the mid-part of the race and came through for a solid podium

in the end.

Walton emerged from Ipswich with two second placed trophies having raced in the DD2 Masters

category as well. The Queenslander led much of the race before a charging Troy Woolston scythed his

way through the field from 10th. The Melbourne driver built his speed through the course of the race to

the point where he eased past Walton. Troy Bretherton came home in third placing.

Victorian, Bradley Jenner scored another top victory for FA Kart in Rotax Light. Jenner emerged from the

early lap skirmishes in the lead. Pole-sitter Cameron Longmore (Kosmic) held on for second position,

whilst Kiwi star, Josh Hart brought his CRG home in third position after a strong battle for the final

podium spot with local driver Troy Morrissey.

In DD2, Kosmic racer Joshua Fife scored a very solid win. New Zealand-based pole-sitter, Josh

Drysdale put up a strong fight, however didn’t have the pace to take the fight to Fife. The Kiwi finished

second in front of New South Wales Exprit driver, Nathan Tigani. Sydney-sider Joshua Car came home

in fourth position. After dominating much of yesterday’s racing, Car appeared to have the Pre-Final shot

to pieces before his engine was stuck in gear, costing him pace. He salvaged 10th position, charged

into fifth within three corners of the Final and did his utmost to push for the podium.

Junior Max Trophy fell the way of Russell Mayo for the second event in succession. Connor Roberts

came home in second on debut, however a post race startline infringement dropped him to fifth, elevating

Angus Wallace to second and Jacinta Hoey to third.

Hugh Barter took his first Rotax Pro Tour win after a race long fight. He and fellow Praga chassis

mounted driver, Jack Westbury swapped the lead right throughout the 17 lap race with James Wharton

playing his part in the early runnings. The two Victorians pulled clear of the third placed battle which

EVO Kart driver, Adrian Haak had joined. Whilst they battled, Haak leapt above Wharton to finish third.

In Micro Max, Harry Arnett fired back after a last round non-finish to comprehensively record victory.

Jake Rutkowski’s EVO Kart got the jump at the beginning, however Arnett pulled down the time within

a few laps and secured the lead. Rutkowski then entered a race long battle with Jordan Ensbey (CRG)

and Kristian Janev. Janev spun late in the race while aiming for a podium, while Ensbey moved into

second following a post race penalty that was applied to Rutkowski, dropping the EVO Kart driver to

third.

The Pro Tour has hit its halfway point on the way towards the Jason Richards Memorial at Albury

Wodonga Kart Club in September which will bring a close to proceedings this year and the race for the

World Finals in Portugal come November.

ROTAX RANKINGS POINTS (After Round 3 of 6)


PAGE 38 - BRING A MATE

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PAGE 39 - BETTER CLUBS

COMMUNICATION IS THE KEY!

Getting people involved in racing is ensuring their experience is an enjoyable one – from before the

meeting, during and after.

Using the tools that you’ve been able to access on this Building Better Clubs site, you should be

approaching confidence in how to approach Members to get them racing – and keep them racing.

Karters are notorious for not entering until the last minute – so don’t stress if you aren’t flushed with

entries until the last minute – although with regular communications, you may surprise yourself!

We suggest the following timelines for communication with members:

Week after Club meeting – Newsletter:

Welcome from Club President

Results and photos from last race meeting

Updated Club Championship points

Events Calendar (on and off-track)

Current and Former Club Members racing interstate/in other forms of motorsport

Recipe of the Month

Specials from Club Sponsors

Link to next race meeting entry form

General Motorsport News

14 Days Before Race Meeting – Email Members

REMINDER: ENTRIES OPEN FOR NEXT MONTH

Dear Member,

We remind you that entries are open for next month’s race meeting.

To pre-enter and save yourself time on the day of the race meeting, please follow this link: [[LINK]]

You can pay for your entry through this link also.

A reminder that we need volunteers for timing, the canteen and on-track – each volunteer position has

Club Championship points associated with it (elaborate on the incentive to members, if any)

To volunteer on race day, please respond to this email.

We look forward to seeing you at the Club in 2 weekends time.

Best Regards,

NAME

Club Secretary

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campaignmonitor.com to build your database and club email distribution.

7 Days Before Race Meeting

SMS Members:

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weekend. To Enter head to [[Link]]. See you there!

TIP: For bulk SMS, we have used www.burstsms.com.au in the past for simple, bulk SMS delivery –

they are also an Australian company.

Your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter platforms are also a great way to drive reminders, product

content and ensure Members are engaged.


PAGE 40 - EUROPE/AUSSIES ABROAD

DE CONTO OPENS EURO ACCOUNT

World Champion, Paolo de Conto has opened his 2017 European Championship account in fine style

at Sarno taking a hard fought win.

The CRG pilot, who won the Race of Stars on the Gold Coast at the end of 2016 had to work hard for

the win, getting past his Dutch CRG team-mate, Stan Pex.

The path for the CRG drivers was paved when early race leader Simo Puhakka (Kosmic) and Antony

Abbasse (Sodi) came together and wiped each other from the race.

Recent WSK Series finale winner, Bas Lammers came through from 10th position to finish third. Regular

Australian visitor, Marijn Kremers came home in 20th placing.

In the OK division, French Kosmic pilot Theo Pourchaire staged a dominant performance to be at the

front right throughout the course of the weekend. He was able to convert that to a final victory over

Englishman Clement Novalak (Tony Kart). Whilst pushing the two in front of him to the limit, Karol Basz

(Kosmic) saw third place taken from him late in the race by Spaniard David Vidales (Kosmic).

The OK Junior battle was massive right through the weekend between Brazilian CRG driver, Gabriel

Bortoleto and English Exprit competitor, Jonny Edgar. The pair fought it out throughout the final -

switching the lead on numerous occasions. In the end though, Edgar walked away with the win from

Bortoleto while Zanardi Kart driver, O’Neil Muth had to push through from 11th on the grid and took the

third place in a last gasp move on English FA Kart driver, Harry Thomson.

After qualifying in 27th position, Jack Doohan started the final in his FA Kart from 26th. He was able to

charge forward to come home in 14th position.


PAGE 41 - BRIEFS

BRIEFs

Rounds 3 and 4 of the Victorian Country Series have changed venues. May 21’s third round will

now be held at Portland, whilst the fourth round has been moved to Wimmera on July 16. There is a

major motorcycle event due for Wimmera on the May weekend, which would place a strain on local

accommodation.

Victorian Sports Clubs have the opportunity to apply for a new defibrillator which can play a part in saving

the life of someone undergoing cardiac arrest at their venues. It has to be submitted by Wednesday

May 3, 2017 The third round of the Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program is now open.

The information, criteria etc and application can be found HERE.

Applications are open to Karting Australia’s Track/Facilities Development Fund. This is designed to

provide funding assistance to clubs through the State bodies to improve facilities for competitors and to

attract new competitors to the sport. Clubs are encouraged to engage with their local communities and

membership to use local stakeholders to complete these works. Clubs wishing to apply for a grant from

the Development Fund can do so HERE http://www.karting.net.au/karting-australia/track-developmentfund.

Cyclone Debbie played havoc with the opening round of the Queensland Kart Championship. It was

postponed from the April date in Mackay with a new date to be released. Entries from the original date

will carry across.

1973 World Karting Champion, Terry Fullerton has been confirmed for the Australian Vintage Kart Prix

at Ipswich over the weekend of August 11-13. The event has been growing from strength to strength

each year and has drawn significant support from the local Ipswich Council.

Warwick Kart Club has had approval granted for track upgrades. The Queensland circuit will increase

safety through the installation of a pitlane-style entry to the in-grid, it will also complete bitumen works

at turn one that will provide a full bitumen runoff, which is in the style of many major racetracks around

the world.

Eastern Creek Karting Centre is set for a multi-million dollar upgrade - which includes a name change

to Sydney Premier Karting Park. As part of the $10 million being spent, Australia’s first ever Indoor

Motocross Park will be added to the facility. It will house three tracks, stadium style seating, cafe and

retail area.

Rotax importer, IKD is offering a $400 rebate for any 2-stroke karting engine that is traded in for a Rotax

MAX EVO 125 before December 17, 2017.

The arrangement is available on any two-stroke motor whether used in Karting Australia national

competition or not.

The trade in deal can be invoked with any Rotax dealer throughout Australia. The $400 comes off the

price of the new Rotax EVO Engine.

In other Rotax technical news, the thermostat for the EVO 125 has been removed as a standard item.

Rotax and IKD recognise that most competitors remove the thermostat and run the engine without it.

The thermostat is available as an option in the Rotax spare parts range.

Meantime, the Junior Max Trophy single make category on the Rotax Pro Tour is expected to have


PAGE 42-43 TORINI ARTICLE

Aussie Torini Power Added to Endurance Karting

Karting Australia recently homologated a new engine for Endurance competition – the Torini TC250

produced by Australian Company Austech Industries.

Austech Industries have been in the small engine business for more than 20 years selling thousands of

engine products, generators and pressure washers. They have taken an engine which has been very

successful in their other products and developed it into a proper race engine for the purpose of karting.

Over the past few years Austech Industries has partnered with Karting Australia through its SP Tools

brand. Managing Director, Kevin Davis believes the development of the new engine is parallel to the

reason they became involved in Karting Australia’s development program.

“We’ve been involved in the small engine business for a long time and we feel that the Torini TC250

provides an affordable product for the entry level of the market,” said Davis.

“Just like the Junior Sprockets, it’s about providing the opportunity to get more people started in karting.

“From speaking to competitors, Club Presidents and others right across the country a common thing

that came back, part of the churn rate in the sport is due to cost. We knew that we had a product that

we could build that could assist with that problem – so we did.

“Endurance karting is a great starting point to get people on track and enjoy the sport. It’s not necessarily

about taking drivers away from sprint karting – it’s more a way to go out and have some fun at a low cost.

“You’ll always have people who have reasons why they can’t go sprint karting. Endurance racing keeps

them in the sport to keep the money coming through the clubs, kart shops and industry.”

Davis indicated that developing the engine has had a number of challenges but working with the drivers

and industry has assisted him and his team to develop a very reliable product.

“The biggest challenge for us has been building an engine that is reliable and to a level of performance

that the current market place would expect. In order to do that we’ve had to build the engine here in

Australia,” said Davis.

“We’ve listened to the industry and people in endurance karting while taking on board everything that

we’ve been told in regards to service life, performance and various other criterias.

“Karting Australia preferred a simple engine that’s not complicated with various different configurations.

With that in mind we have a base engine that covers off a number of classes and performance levels

with simple changes such as carburetors and inlet manifolds.”

The Torini engine has been tested by a number of endurance teams with significantly favourable

reviews. Under the 2017 Karting Australia rules all Clubs can offer small endurance races as one of

their compulsory groups of competition at their local events.


PAGE 42-43 TORINI ARTICLE

Aussie Torini Power Added to Endurance Karting

Karting Australia recently homologated a new engine for Endurance competition – the Torini TC250

produced by Australian Company Austech Industries.

Austech Industries have been in the small engine business for more than 20 years selling thousands of

engine products, generators and pressure washers. They have taken an engine which has been very

successful in their other products and developed it into a proper race engine for the purpose of karting.

Over the past few years Austech Industries has partnered with Karting Australia through its SP Tools

brand. Managing Director, Kevin Davis believes the development of the new engine is parallel to the

reason they became involved in Karting Australia’s development program.

“We’ve been involved in the small engine business for a long time and we feel that the Torini TC250

provides an affordable product for the entry level of the market,” said Davis.

“Just like the Junior Sprockets, it’s about providing the opportunity to get more people started in karting.

“From speaking to competitors, Club Presidents and others right across the country a common thing

that came back, part of the churn rate in the sport is due to cost. We knew that we had a product that

we could build that could assist with that problem – so we did.

“Endurance karting is a great starting point to get people on track and enjoy the sport. It’s not necessarily

about taking drivers away from sprint karting – it’s more a way to go out and have some fun at a low cost.

“You’ll always have people who have reasons why they can’t go sprint karting. Endurance racing keeps

them in the sport to keep the money coming through the clubs, kart shops and industry.”

Davis indicated that developing the engine has had a number of challenges but working with the drivers

and industry has assisted him and his team to develop a very reliable product.

“The biggest challenge for us has been building an engine that is reliable and to a level of performance

that the current market place would expect. In order to do that we’ve had to build the engine here in

Australia,” said Davis.

“We’ve listened to the industry and people in endurance karting while taking on board everything that

we’ve been told in regards to service life, performance and various other criterias.

“Karting Australia preferred a simple engine that’s not complicated with various different configurations.

With that in mind we have a base engine that covers off a number of classes and performance levels

with simple changes such as carburetors and inlet manifolds.”

The Torini engine has been tested by a number of endurance teams with significantly favourable

reviews. Under the 2017 Karting Australia rules all Clubs can offer small endurance races as one of

their compulsory groups of competition at their local events.


Officials Profile


PAGE 46 - KA TIPS

KARTING TIPS - WITH TROY HUNT

SIx times Australian Karting Champion Troy Hunt brings you a series of basic tips that makes your entry

to the sport easier. Whether you’re new to the sport or been around a while, it always helps to have

some gentle reminders.

Troy’s tips form a 16 part video series by Karting Australia, which is available at http://www.karting.net.

au/how-to-get-started-in-karting/how-to-go-karting

PURCHASING A KART

When you first go looking for a second hand chassis to get involved in the sport, there are a few things

that you need to be aware of. There are a few tricks for young players and it never hurts to have an

expert check the chassis for you or purchase direct from a reputable kart shop.

If you are doing it yourself, here’s my tips to ensure you get the best possible chassis to go racing.

First place to check is underneath the chassis and make sure it isn’t worn - if it has taken some hits, the

chassis rails will be flattened off underneath - avoid the chassis if you do discover this damage.

Another problem you need to watch out for is a crack in the chassis. This commonly happens in front of

the bearing hanger at the rear of the kart (adjacent to the sprocket).

It is important to check the front alignment to ensure the front of the chassis is straight and not bent. An

easy way to do this is the put the kart on the ground and lift both front wheels to check if the weight is

the same on both sides. Before you start, ensure the ground you are checking the kart on is level.

Pick the kart up at the front by the nosecone, make sure the steering wheel is absolutely dead straight.

Spin both front wheels and slowly lower the front of the kart down. Both front wheels should touch the

ground at the same time. If they don’t, there is a fair chance that the chassis is not straight.

This isn’t a huge problem compared to a worn or cracked chassis. You can take it to your local kart

shop. Most of these shops will have a bench where they can straighten the chassis on. If not, they will

at least be able to tell you whether the kart is repairable or not.

I can’t stress though that your best bet is to deal with a reputable local dealer.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

The most important purchase you will make when going karting is your safety equipment. Karting

Australia has a standard that your equipment must meet and remember when purchasing - it is SAFETY

equipment - it will protect you if you have a crash.

It is vitally important to not purchase cheap or inferior equipment.

When choosing your helmet make sure it is full faced and meets the Karting Australia Safety Regulation.

Try it on and ensure that it is well fitted at the point of purchase. Out of all the safety equipment that you

buy to go karting, your helmet is your most personal and most important.

This is not an area that you want to cut corners, you want to buy the right product and the best product.

Race Gloves are there to protect your hands while racing and from any collisions - make sure your

gloves are full fingered and that they come up above or to the wrist.

Race Boots are similar - they must be a style that comes up and above your ankle.

The neck brace is an optional safety item and there are many different variations, this is down to personal

preference as to if you wish to use a neck brace, it also comes down to your race fitness throughout the

course of a race weekend. You’ll soon know after some practice days where your fitness sits!

The rib protector is a compulsory item for all cadet and junior drivers. It is also a fantastic option for all

senior drivers to protect the ribs. Sometimes when the grip goes down, it is the ribs that cop the brunt

and it is not uncommon for drivers to have broken ribs in particularly grippy conditions.

Your race suit should be the minimum of a single layer. It has to be one piece from four neck right down

to your toes. This to should also be purchased to a correct size, you don’t want it too tight for comfort -

and to ride up and expose your legs or arms and you don’t want it too baggy either.


PAGE 48 & 49 - RESULTS

Southern Eastern Zone R1 - Albany Kart Club - March 4

Cadet 9

Nash Ferraro

Jackson Mitchell-Rosenauer

Corey Fraser

Cadet 12

Lachlan Marshall

Joshua Byrne

Jett Demarte

KA4 Junior Light

Dylan Ferfolja

Max Whiting

Cody Leunen

TaG Light

Kip Foster

Brock Kenny

Lewis Sutherland

TaG Heavy

Simon Gwilliam

Bayley Bell

Mitchell Skeaf

KA4 Junior Heavy

Thomas Callaghan

Holly Panizza

Caprice Hall

TaG Restricted Medium

Luke Hall

John Brennan

Graham Westling

KA3 Sportsman Combined

Keb Evans

Bradley Nock

Jason Betts

KA3 Junior

Jake Sawyer

Dylan Ferfolja

Ryan Bender

KA3 Sportsman Heavy

Dylan Hounsfield

Bob Harrison

Liam Florisson

KZ2

Alexander Barboutis

Mitchell Perrella

Connor Wroth

SQ Series Rd 1 - Ipswich - March 4

Cadet 9


PAGE 48 & 49 - RESULTS

Southern Eastern Zone R1 - Albany Kart Club - March 4

Cadet 9

Nash Ferraro

Jackson Mitchell-Rosenauer

Corey Fraser

Cadet 12

Lachlan Marshall

Joshua Byrne

Jett Demarte

KA4 Junior Light

Dylan Ferfolja

Max Whiting

Cody Leunen

TaG Light

Kip Foster

Brock Kenny

Lewis Sutherland

TaG Heavy

Simon Gwilliam

Bayley Bell

Mitchell Skeaf

KA4 Junior Heavy

Thomas Callaghan

Holly Panizza

Caprice Hall

TaG Restricted Medium

Luke Hall

John Brennan

Graham Westling

KA3 Sportsman Combined

Keb Evans

Bradley Nock

Jason Betts

KA3 Junior

Jake Sawyer

Dylan Ferfolja

Ryan Bender

KA3 Sportsman Heavy

Dylan Hounsfield

Bob Harrison

Liam Florisson

KZ2

Alexander Barboutis

Mitchell Perrella

Connor Wroth

SQ Series Rd 1 - Ipswich - March 4

Cadet 9


PAGE 52 - ZANARDI


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